For Primary Teachers

The modern, exciting digital resource to help teach the new Primary Music curriculum.

A complete new music scheme for the new curriculum

  • Alternative ‘freestyle’ mode for you to create your own scheme
  • Suitable for Generalist and Specialist Teachers
  • High quality and cost-effective with excellent use of ICT
  • Recommended by over 90 Music Hubs and used in over 4000 schools
  • Reinforces continuous genuine music-making as desired by Ofsted

Musical School and the 2014 National Curriculum for Music.

“The most significant new primary music resource for a decade!”
Musical School is used in over 4000 Primary Schools

Accrington Huncoat Primary School, Accrington

Look inside Musical School

Whole School Music Planner

Charanga Musical School is the most significant new Primary music resource for a decade.

It’s a living cloud-based resource that brings together great music, modern pedagogy and the latest educational technology. It supports all aspects of music in school including the new music curriculum, as well as providing children and their families with opportunities to continue learning and exploring music at home through Music World.

A Musical School licence includes individual access for as many teachers in your school as you would like PLUS access for ALL children to Music World online learning. Everything you see below (and more) is included.

If you run whole class instrumental programmes across a year group, so much the better. Children's achievement will benefit from good quality instrumental ensemble work at any stage of their progression.  


  1. A new Music Scheme for the new Music Curriculum

    The Charanga Musical School Scheme provides teachers with week-by-week lesson support for each year group in the school. It is ideal for specialist and non-specialist teachers and provides lesson plans, assessment, clear progression, and engaging and exciting whiteboard resources to support every lesson.

    The Scheme supports all the requirements of the new National Curriculum and is absolutely in line with published Ofsted guidance.

    The learning within this scheme is based on: Listening and Appraising; Musical Activities - creating and exploring; and Singing and Performing.


  2. Musical School ‘Freestyle’

    Musical School Freestyle includes a library of stunning resources categorised by musical style or topic, along with simple lesson building and class building tools so you can assemble your own unique Music Scheme.

    Many people also like to use the Units, Topics, Courses and all the singing materials in Musical School Freestyle to augment their existing Music Schemes.


  3. Singing

    Musical School contains a substantial Song Centre with nursery rhymes, chants and action songs for younger children, and classical repertoire and well known favourites by Abba, Bon Jovi and Adele for older children.

    The Songs are complemented by two Musitrax singing courses written for Early Years to KS1 with progressive interactive resources, extensive teacher guides plus some very useful vocal warm-up activities.

    All the songs are easy to use on a whiteboard with automated page turns and lyric highlighting and they also have with and without vocal versions. You can use them online or download as many as you like.


  4. Music World for children

    Music World is a safe online space with avatars, musical games, quizzes and beginner instrumental courses that you can provide for all children in your school. It’s easy to set up whole classes with usernames and passwords (in a similar way to My Maths and Mathletics) and you can make anything you’re working on in class available for children to work on at home through the Music World moon!

    If children are learning instruments, you’ll find they practise more and build up strong performance skills – it’s very popular with parents as well.


  5. Topics

    The topics are a library of songs and activities based on popular primary themes ideal for short musical moments and for cross-curricular learning. These can be combined with the Units of Work and other resources in Musical School - Freestyle to create your own music scheme.


  6. Courses

    Modern schemes for recorder, ukulele and singing with progressive week-by-week lessons, whiteboard resources, print-outs and planning support, are complemented by online learning activities for children to use between lessons in school or at home.

CPD and Training for Musical School

In school

1. Whole staff training.
Discover the comprehensive Musical School Scheme of Work developed to meet the National Curriculum and the teaching approach favoured by Ofsted. See how the Units of Work, Topics and Instrumental Courses can support themed learning and how to build your own lessons from the library of resources and share them with your colleagues and pupils.

Price for 1½ hour meeting £225

2. Whole staff ‘hands-on’ session.
This session is designed as a practical follow up to the whole staff training session.

Working in your ICT suite the trainer will facilitate a range of tasks to ensure everyone is confident with the site. The session will end with opportunity to ask questions and share ideas and resources.

Price for 1½ hour session £225

3. Demonstration lessons using Musical School.

Our experienced trainer will teach a 30 minute music lesson using the Musical School programme, modelling a range of activities and showing how the resources can be used to promote musical learning.

These lessons can be observed by colleagues and many schools will buy in 3 consecutive lessons on a single day, focusing on the progression from KS1 to Lower and Upper KS2.

Price for a single 30 minute demonstration lesson £150, three 30 minute demonstration lessons £225

Any 2 packages can be combined for a cost of £350 or 3 for £450.

Out of School

Twilight training events are held regularly at local schools and music centres across the area. All schools are invited to send their key staff along and in many cases those attending will be confident to feedback and support their own school colleagues.

These face-to-face training events are further supported with opportunities for self-directed online learning through a wide range of help and support guides, a named CPD contact person and a helpdesk for technical issues. Additionally, teachers are encouraged to share their successes, ideas and suggestions through the resource-based Teachers” Sharing Space and community forum.

Price for 1½ hour twilight session FREE

Testimonials: What People are Saying About Musical School

Day 2 of Charanga – whole school lovin it! Song practice rocked! My own repertoire blown out the window with Don't Stop … Mamma Mia … Livin' on a Prayer … Fantastic resources around each song – recorders y3 loved Mamma Mia - y4 recorders Adele …
Rhythm grid excellent.

Music has just raised its game!

Jayne Brian, Instrumental Teacher

Musical School has given my staff the confidence and the resources to deliver exciting music lessons. The sessions are quick and easy to organise and can successfully be taught by non-music specialists. The children clearly enjoy the dynamic, fun and stimulating sessions and our teachers are learning valuable new skills.

Julie Brown, Headteacher

I think Charanga is absolutely fantastic. I use the rhythm grids as a starter activity in all my classes and the pupils' understanding of rhythm, the accuracy with which they perform has really improved. I use the recorder course with my clubs and they love all the songs. This half term I'm also teaching the hip hop topic with my y6s and it's going really well. I look forward to some more exciting resources.

Yvette Cooper, Music Teacher

I just really wanted to contact you to let you know how amazed I am with the quality of the resources I recently received from you. Everytime I access the website I find new resources which I know the children I work with will love and which are highly engaging teaching tools.

The lesson plans and resources which come with the platinum pack certainly do not disappoint in any way! I simply cannot believe how much work has gone into the creation of this amazing resource, which in my opinion all music teachers should be accessing! I know that over my years in teaching I have invested in many expensive resources – none of which are in the same league as the inspira resources.

I am an Advanced Skills Teacher for Music and will whole heartedly be recommending inspira to all the schools and organisations I work with, and the teachers I support, as an outstanding resource.

Many congratulations to you and your team. Should you ever need a formal reccommendation, I would be very happy to oblige.

James Gregory, Music Teacher

I am a year 4 class teacher and even I have the confidence to deliver music using these resources … they are brilliant and the kids love them!

Year 4 Teacher

… so exciting to have access to materials that can engage pupils throughout the entire school!

Music Co-ordinator

Just to let you know the children loved the resources – particularly the rhythm and beat cartoons! We followed the grids and then I got the children creating their own rhythms using a paper based grid! They were extremely engaged and enjoyed performing to each other!

Now about to borrow some Michael Rosen clips for my poetry unit!

Thanks once again, such a priceless resource!

Rachel Elvin, Primary Teacher

New Charanga – it’s fabulous!! The kids have really enjoyed the units and the staff are delighted.

Julie Dorr, Primary Music Curriculum Support Consultant

We have been using Charanga for almost 2 years now and have found it a great resource for introducing our Primary school children to a range of musical disciplines. Its lesson plans are comprehensive, easy to follow and most important of all … fun. In addition, this is all supported by a great technical support team.

Phil Morgan, Primary Teacher

I just wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying Charanga Musical School. I decided to trial it across the whole school: KS1 is accessing Hands, Feet, Heart; Years 3&4 In the Groove and Years 5&6 Don’t Stop Believing. All the children are enjoying the different activities. A definite thumbs up from Upper Beeding.

Corrine Wellby, Primary Teacher

Case Study: Read St John's Primary School

Read St John’s Primary School is a rural village primary school in Lancashire with approximately 200 children. The school took up the Musical School programme in 2012 and have since experienced an extremely positive reaction from teachers and children alike.

Before Musical School

Despite having a dedicated Music Coordinator and utilising various published music products such as Music Express, the school was struggling to find flexible, creative and innovative resources with which to fully engage the children. The school found that with its diverse pupil population, some of which were learning instruments through the music service, the school required a resource package that offered differentiated activities that could include all children. In all, the schools’ musical life lacked cohesion and focus and the school found itself craving a modern music curriculum that non-music specialists could also use confidently.

How Charanga Helped

The school received a whole staff CPD training session with Musical School as well as model lessons in order to upskill and empower the KS1 and KS2 Class Teachers. In addition, time was spent with the school’s Music Coordinator to decide how the package would work best for them and be tailored to their specific needs in order to create and embed a complete Musical School offering.

After Musical School

Once the programme was implemented there was a noticeable improvement in the school’s music department. Musically, everything in the school is now linked together, from Foundation Stage to Year 6. Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) and small group instrumental lessons were an integral part of the school’s music department turnaround and the children that learn an instrument can now perform as part of their class music lessons.

The teachers at Read St John’s are now using Charanga’s Units of Work as part of their curriculum delivery. One Class Teacher commented that, “The kids love it! They are so engaged, like never before. The songs are relevant and the school is buzzing! It’s inspiring, innovative and simple to use for non musicians”.

The Head Teacher at Read St John’s also explained the difference that the programme has made at their school - “Musical school has had a fantastic effect; teachers can track children’s progression clearly and the supporting planning and assessment is easy to use. It has met all of our needs – it’s fantastic to see the children and staff engaging with and enjoying music so much!”

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